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The 'CSI' Franchise Case File: Big Screen Version Confirmed, Plus the Usual (Season Finale) Spoilers

This week we only had the folks at Las Vegas to keep us company--well, Miami and New York were on rerun mode, but you get the gist--but the season finales of all three CSI shows are coming forward, so things must pick up anytime within the next month. Oh, but we're still here with the weekly round-up, including bits (and spoilers!) from the season finales in question, plus William Petersen talking about the possibility of a CSI film. Thing is, it's pushing through. Item one: There will be a movie. In an interview with British magazine Radio Times, Petersen--who still acts as CSI executive producer despite bowing out as Grissom early in the year--confirmed long-running rumors about a movie version of the (similarly) long-running crime series. "Yes, there will be a movie," he said. "I can understand people are a little trepidatious because of the franchise around the world and how well it's doing. Usually people leave it until a series has finished ... But it's about finding the right story. There has got to be a real reason to do it. You don't just do it because you want to make money. You do it because there's a story that can't be told on TV and needs to be told from CSI's perspective and the audience wants it. And we can't wait for CSI to end or Grissom will be about 90." So does that mean Grissom will be around for the movie? The key's in a previous interview he made. "That's the reason Grissom isn't going to die of a brain tumor," he said. At this point though, there's no word yet on what's going to happen, or when it will get swinging, or who else will appear. Item two: Season finale plot details! We've had some idea about what will happen to the season finales of all three CSI shows--about the Las Vegas team doing poker, or someone from the New York team dying. CBS has finally released official plot details for all three episodes, as well as when they are airing--and, yes, they're closer than you think. CSI will be the first to conclude its season, with the finale airing on May 14. We've mentioned this before--the team will look into a series of murders tied into a scam involving valuable poker chips. Langston (Laurence Fishburne) will find himself in a different position: for the first time in his career, he'll have to use deadly force. To Read More Click Here .

Tonight's TV Hot List for Thursday, April 23, 2009

* Trouble The Water (8:30 pm/ET HBO ) If you think you've seen it all about Hurricane Katrina in 2005, give this 2008 Oscar-nominated documentary a look. Amateur videographer Kimberly Roberts and her husband shot footage before, during and after the storm from New Orleans' Ninth Ward, then, coincidentally, hooked up with filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal (whose credits include several Michael Moore films). Their collaboration reveals a story seldom seen by TV cameras, and the Roberts' optimism in the face of so much loss is a tribute to the human spirit. * CSI : Crime Scene Investigation (9 pm/ET CBS) Henry Thomas guest stars in this top-notch puzzler as convicted murderer Jeremy Kent, who wins the right to a new trial in the bludgeoning death of a 91-year-old man in 1991. Kent claims he was misled by his court-appointed lawyer and that his conviction is based strictly on circumstantial evidence, false testimony and errors made by Catherine, who was working her first solo case. As Catherine reinvestigates the crime, her case begins to fall apart and she fears Kent may be telling the truth. * Grey's Anatomy (9 pm/ET ABC) Izzie's surgery. Cristina and Owen's tumultuous breakup. And all the effort that Derek put into proposing to Meredith. No wonder the hot docs needed a month off. But they're back tonight, and in full wedding-preparation mode. That includes Izzie, who isn't going to let a silly thing like cancer stop her from being a wedding belle. Her illness does affect Alex, though, and it'll show in his work. Meanwhile, Callie's dad (Hector Elizondo) is back for a visit. Think he'll be pleased about Arizona? * The Beast (10 pm/ET A&E ) The network's original crime drama closes its first season with an uncertain future and its lead actor, Patrick Swayze, continuing his fight against pancreatic cancer. In the season ender, Barker (Swayze) gets a break in a case he's followed his entire career, but never put to rest, when he receives a list of six people involved in the crime. * Southland (10 pm/ET NBC) He's young, handsome and from a privileged background, so why would Ben Sherman decide to become a cop? The answer becomes clear tonight when Ben's motivations are revealed in a frank discussion with his partner and the department therapist. C. Thomas Howell and Tom Sizemore guest star in the episode as a celeb-adoring cop and an irresponsible star, respectively, whose paths cross. Considering Sizemore's checkered past, he won't have to do much acting. Source Here

'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' to Go to the Big Screen

" CSI : Crime Scene Investigation" is likely to be made into a movie. Dropping hints on the big screen possibility was William Petersen, the actor who played forensic expert Gil Grissom in the series. "Yes, there will be a movie," so the 56-year-old claimed in his latest interview with Radio Times, as quoted by The Telegraph. "I can understand people are a little trepidatious because of the franchise around the world and how well it's doing," the executive producer of the CBS series added. "Usually people leave it until a series has finished - they did that with The X-Files and Sex and the City . But it's about finding the right story - there has got to be a real reason to do it. You don't just do it because you want to make money - you do it because there's a story that can't be told on TV and needs to be told from CSI's perspective and the audience wants it. And we can't wait for CSI to end or Grissom will be about 90." While he has bowed out as Grissom and was replaced by Laurence Fishburne who joined the series as Professor Raymond Langston, Petersen hinted that his character could be making a return in the big screen version. "I'd love to see us make a CSI film," he explained. "That's the reason Grissom isn't going to die of a brain tumor." "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" is a crime drama series that has been aired on CBS since October 6, 2000. This TV show has entered its ninth season starting on October 9, 2008 and currently is broadcast in the U.S. at 9:00 P.M. every Thursday. It stars Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads and Eric Szmanda among others. Source Here

Preview of 'CSI: Las Vegas' 9.21: Catherine Accused of Wrong Forensic

Catherine laid a conviction based on little evidence and has to suffer the consequence. After a Sci-Fi induced episode on April 16, " CSI : Crime Scene Investigation" will revisit an old case when Catherine had her first few investigations. A man, convicted felon in the murder, claims that the verdict was based on faulty forensic evidence. Catherine was solo in the case that happened back in 1991. She then has to re-examine the evidence, which only includes a print on the rock, with the assistance from Dr. Raymond Langston. The episode called "If I Had a Hammer" airs April 23. "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" star Henry Thomas, meanwhile, guest stars as the convicted felon, Jeremy Kent. His character reportedly learns everything about forensics after spending 20 years in prison and demands a trace back to his case. To Watch The Preview Click here . Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Thursday, April 16, 2009

* MLB Baseball (12:30 pm/ET MLB) Sound the trumpets, release the doves, and be in awe as the new Yankee Stadium opens its doors for the Bronx Bombers' long-awaited home opener. Alongside analysts Jim Kaat and Harold Reynolds, MLB Network reintroduces none other than 19-time Emmy winner Bob Costas for his first play-by-play since the 2000 ALCS, played across the street in what was The House That Ruth Built. That was the last World Championship season for the Yanks, so maybe Costas is the cosmic influence Joe Girardi's bunch needs to find October happiness. The Blue Jays and Twins play in the network's regular Thursday Night Baseball game. * CSI : Crime Scene Investigation (9 pm/ET CBS) It's not a crossover episode but Battlestar Galactica fans should enjoy this quirky hour, which gives a generous nod to the sci-fi series. BSG's Kate Vernon guest stars, and it's directed by Galactica helmer Michael Nankin and written by former Battlestar scribes David Weddle and Bradley Thompson. The action takes place at a sci-fi convention, where a producer is murdered. Fortunately, Hodges and Wendy are at the showcase and investigate, which allows the underused Wallace Langham and Liz Vassey to shine in numerous fantasy sequences. * Bones (8 pm/ET Fox) Nowadays Booth and Brennan may be lying on Sweets' psychiatric couch, so to speak, but tonight they get a visit from their old therapist, Dr. Gordon Wyatt (Stephen Fry). Wyatt, whom we haven't seen since 2007, helps Sweets with a book he's writing on our intrepid crime solvers, and he also pitches in when the team investigates a gruesome discovery in the death-metal music scene. * American Chopper (9 pm/ET TLC) Teutul family conflict has always been the norm at Orange County Choppers, but the blowup between Sr. and Jr. in last week's Season 6 opener took things to a whole other level. Tensions between the father and son continue to escalate tonight, and the shop's entire foundations are seriously shaken. On a lighter note, the rest of the crew clowns around while building a motorcycle inspired by the circus. And a Woodstock-themed bike is built in celebration of the legendary music festival's 40th anniversary. * 30 Rock (9:31 pm/ET NBC) Liz Lemon is sometimes tart - yet always palatable - but she's turning slightly sour tonight. The squeeze is on Lemon when she's saddled with a suspension from work. A lost soul without all the TGS chaos and rolling Rock rowdyism, Liz seeks a way to bide her time. Meanwhile, there's some reel-world anxiety when film bigwigs mull over pulling the plug on Jenna's Janis Joplin movie. In a desperate response, Jack and Jenna try (just a little bit harder) to stir up buzzworthy publicity. Source Here

Preview of 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' 9.20: A Space Oddity

" CSI : Crime Scene Investigation" will have a sort-of-crossover episode with " Battlestar Galactica " next Thursday, April 16. Called "A Space Oddity", the episode sees Hodges and Wendy running into each other at a science fiction convention for one of their favorite classic television shows. They end up investigating the murder of one of their beloved actors. Speaking more about the episode was executive producer Naren Shankar who said "It's about a murder at a science fiction convention. Hodges (Wallace Langham) and Wendy (Liz Vassey) re-enacting scenes from a campy - and entirely fictional - 1960's era sci-fi TV show." BSG star Kate Vernon will play Dr. Penelope Russell along with the show's creator Ronald D. Moore who plays himself. The episode is written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, who previously wrote an episode for BSG. Occasional BSG director Michael Nanking will sit in as the helmer. Weddle previously mentioned that there would be "other surprise cameos for sci-fi fans." To See The Preview Click here . Source Here

Charisma Carpenter Throws CSI a Panty Party

This Thursday on CSI (9pm/ET, CBS), Buffyverse alumna Charisma Carpenter gets caught in the middle of a deadly love/lust triangle when a skydiver takes the plunge - and not in a matrimonial sort of way. Carpenter shared a peek at her guest-star turn - "panty party" merriment and all - and previewed her upcoming big-screen role opposite Jason Statham and other action heavyweights. She also talked about the sudden passing of Angel . To Read The Interview Click Here .

Guest Director William Friedkin Spills 200th Episode Details

You probably know this, but this isn't William Friedkin's first time to direct an episode of CSI, much like he did for tonight's episode, the series' 200th. There was this episode that aired last season, the episode involving a murdered club owner found in a garbage trunk, and a then very much alive Warrick (Gary Dourdan) finding a woman he had sex with dead - in his own car. Or you probably know him for the film The Exorcist. So why return to the series? Perhaps one reason is his friendship with William Petersen: after all, the two worked together in the 1985 flick To Live and Die in L.A., and the latter still acts as the show's executive producer despite leaving his on-screen role as Gil Grissom. He came down [to watch the shooting] for two or three days, Friedkin said. We're very close friends. I'm just crazy about him. I sort of discovered him, and we've stayed very close over the years and I'm not at all surprised by his success. And then there are the rest of the cast and crew. Laurence Fishburne's just a great actor, he said of the newest member of the cast. It was really a pleasure to work with the other guys. I love working with Marg [Helgenberger], Paul [Guilfoyle], George [Eads], and Eric [Szmanda]. Liz Vassey, I think, is underused on that show. I think she's wonderful. He's also worked with some of the show's crew: A lot of the guys on the crew are people I've worked with for years, he revealed. Many of the years I worked with going back to The Boys in the Band and The French Connection and The Exorcist. If anything drew him to work on tonight's episode of CSI - where Langston (Fishburne) finds one of his former students murdered, and leads the team to the world of Mexican wrestling - it's the theme. It's a fascinating underground world, he said. I'd like to say that very little is known about it in Mexico and up here it's sort of underground. But a lot of people are aware of it and it's huge in the Hispanic neighborhoods here in Los Angeles. I went to some of the bouts that are in underground arenas and you'll see whole families there on a Sunday evening. The twist to his episode? I was able to mix it in with sort of Cuban voodoo, he said. And there's a Cuban video scene that's very authentic. Cuban voodoo and Lucha Libre are kind of the undercurrent of the show. You don't see it every day on television. Friedkin's episode, named Mascara , hits screens tonight from 9pm on CBS. You probably saw the preview earlier; images from tonight's show are on the slideshow below. Source here

CSI Season 9 Episode 18, "Mascara"

Langston is shocked when his former student is found murdered and becomes the focus of a CSI investigation into the world of Mexican wrestling, on CSI : CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Thursday, April 2 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner William Friedkin (" The Exorcist ") directs this 200th episode of the series. To Watch The Sneak Preview Click Here . Source here

CSI's Marg Helgenberger Files for Divorce

Marg Helgenberger has filed for divorce from her husband, Alan Rosenberg, of nearly two decades, according to court documents. The CSI star, who separated from Rosenberg near the end of last year, cited irreconcilable differences in documents filed Tuesday in Los Angeles. Helgenberger, 50, is also seeking spousal support while asking the court to deny any for Rosenberg, 58, the president of Screen Actors Guild. At the time of their separation, Helgenberger's rep told People she and Rosenberg "love and respect each other and remain committed to their family." Helgenberger and Rosenberg were married in 1989 and have one son together. Source here